Renewable Energy

Renewable resources are essential to a sustainable future
Overview
The City of San Francisco has developed a number of innovative policies and programs to move the city toward its goal of 100% renewable energy to become a cleaner, healthier and more secure city.
100% Renewable
Former Mayor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Ed Lee issued a challenge to the City: to have 100% of San Francisco's electricity demand be met with renewable energy. The Department of Environment and the Mayor's Office convened a task force to develop a practicable plan and advise the City on how to best achieve the goal.
SF Solar Map
This innovative, award-winning tool allows San Francisco residents and businesses to evaluate their building's solar resource potential. Find your home or building on the map to see your solar electric or water heating potential.
Solar Discounts
SF SunShares is an employee solar discount program offered by SF Environment and the Business Council on Climate Change.

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The sun gives us the power to generate electricity, keep your shower hot, and heat, cool and light your home in a way that is clean, safe, and sustainable. Solar energy – radiant energy from the sun – is one of the cornerstones of the City’s plan to achieve a 100% renewable electricity supply, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for heating.

 

Wind energy is an excellent and abundant renewable resource. The same winds that rustles leaves and turn umbrellas inside out can be harnessed to spin turbines and produce electricity. Learn about the wind resources in and around San Francisco, how wind turbines work, and what role wind energy can play in helping San Francisco achieve its renewable energy goals.

 

Hydropower is the use of water to power machinery or make electricity. Anyone who has listened to the rushing streams of the Sierra Nevada mountains or stood in the surf of the Pacific Ocean knows the power of moving water.

 

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth. This heat can come from molten rock (“magma”) deep inside the earth, or very hot rock and ground water a few miles below the Earth’s surface, and can be used for direct heating or to produce electricity through a steam turbine.

 

Biomass and Biofuels are all domestically produced renewable energy sources that can be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of transportation fuels, heat and power. 

 

Additional Information for Renewable Energy

CleanPowerSF
CleanPowerSF is the City's Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program, which allows cities and counties to pool their citizens' purchasing power to buy electricity.
San Francisco Municipal Installations
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for the installation, maintenance and operation of the City's nine municipal solar installations. In total, these energy facilities can generate up to 7.2 megawatts of energy.
GreenFinanceSF
GreenFinanceSF allows commercial property owners to finance renewable energy projects, as well as energy and water efficiency, through a municipal bond and repay the debt via their property tax account.
SF Energy Map
A map of renewable energy activity around the City, including installed solar and wind systems, case studies, and monitoring stations.